2015: Delon Wright
Another Utah Ute, Wright averaged 6.7 points and 2.3 assists per game with the Raptors, serving mostly as a backup to Lowry during his time in Toronto. While the gangly 6-5 point guard would start to show glimpses of potential, he didn’t really show those skills on a consistent basis until he was included in the Marc Gasol/Jonas Valanciunas trade.
Since the trade, Wright has bounced around between the Grizzlies, Pistons, Kings, and Mavericks, and he’s topped 10 points per game several times.
Wright was a rock-solid backup point guard for some very good Raptors teams when he was in Toronto, and being shipped off to Memphis and Detroit helped him come into his own as a scorer. While the divorce helped out both parties in the future, Wright did have some solid moments in Toronto.
2014: Bruno Caboclo
Even the best executives in the world have misfired. Famously described as a player “two years away from being two years away” on draft night, Caboclo was selected with intention of molding him into a positionless scorer over a very long period of time. Those plans failed when Caboclo played just 25 games in Toronto in 3.5 years, averaging 1.1 points per game.
The Raptors shouldn’t necessarily expect superstar play at No. 20 overall, but Caboclo just never stuck in the NBA. While he looked…OK during some games with Memphis, an unsuccessful stint in Houston confirmed that the breakout everyone was holding out for was not going to happen. Chalk this up as a misfire.
Bruno Caboclo is the worst pick Masai Ujiri made with the Toronto Raptors.
There’s no way around it, Caboclo was a horrendous selection. The Raptors are at or near the top of the league in terms of developing talent, but Caboclo proves that even the best systems in the game can fail to bring the best out of a handful of players. At least he’s landed on his feet back in Brazil.